Jones hopes Eagles continue spring trends

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 22, 2007

THOMASTON &8212; The A.L. Johnson Eagles are traveling to the southern reaches of the state on the Florida border Friday for their jamboree game against Flomaton High School.

Head coach Mose Jones said the game was put together between himself and the opposing coach, who held positions previously at Washington County and Coffeeville and knew Jones. Jones said the game gives his group the opportunity to play against a team from outside the area, which might show his team a different look than that of what they see here.

He said he expecting the group to run their defense out of a 5-2, with a rover. He said the formation lends itself to containing the run and opening up lanes for blitzers. With the physical attributes they will face against Flomaton, Jones said his team is going to have to utilize their speed and the offensive adjustments they have worked on since the conclusion of last season.

One of the major issues the team addressed during its spring work was spreading out opposing offenses by implementing an offensive strategy that added more passing into the mix. Jones said he is hoping the group will use what they have worked on during the game and go to the air.

The passing game and its use in the jamboree is made more important by the fact that A.L Johnson&8217;s running game is taking a big hit for the game. The group&8217;s starting tailback is not attending the game, so it will be up to backups to fill the void.

He said the game should give him an idea of where the group stands, which is the reason for such exhibitions. He said he hopes to see positive results from the group, while at the same time avoiding any injuries.